Singaporean improves but stays ninth

11th April, Bangkok: Singapore's top title contender, Remy Ong improved his 9-game aggregate but stayed ninth in the Men's Open Masters overseas qualifying pool of the 34th MWA Thailand International Open on Thursday. Ong, who totaled 1045 from three squads of 622, 651 and 632, bowled two better squads of 672 and 662 and combined with his best score of 651 gave the Singaporean 1985 to finish ninth behind teammate, Engene Low in eighth.

Low chalked up a scintilating 721 in his first attempt but only managed 655 and 614 in his subsequent tries to aggregate 1990 for his eighth place finish. Jason Yeong-Nathan was pushed down one spot to second in the Mixed pool with 1943.

Singapore's youngster, Gregory Gan dropped to seventh in the same pool with 1917 while Ng Chiew Pang was eighth with 1914. Australia's Andrew Frawley maintained pole position with 2068 as Malaysia's Aaron Kong shot the tournament's first perfect 300 to take up 11th in the overseas pool.   Meanwhile Malaysia's bowling icon, Shalin Zulkifli took over the lead the in the Ladies' division improving her score line to 1939 series, pushing China's Wu Suqin and Yang Suling into second and third placing.

China's Chan Dong Dong and Hong Kong's Chan Shuk Han rounded up the top 5 with 1859 and 1856 while Zandra Aziela of Malaysia, made some headway to top the Mixed pool with 1749. There was no changes in the local pool with Gunnalada Aree of Thailand leading with 1872.

Singapore's youths continued to dominate the Youth Under-15 division taking up 8 of the 10 Masters final slots with Oehler Michaela Rouyi taking over the lead with 1824 follwed by Keith Saw and overnight leader, Oriana Tay Ling Ying second and third.     Photos by Terence Yaw.